Cannon Design

St. Louis, Missouri

' [Cannon Design Staff] are now living in a world where they can talk with each other and share ideas, and it makes our projects stronger and our team stronger.' ' Thomas Bergmann, Cannon Design

Architect Thomas Bergmann, managing principal of the Cannon Design St. Louis office, had walked past the Power House many times. The 1928 Revival-style building was a derelict landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, just off the interstate — a sign of different and more prosperous times. The building began its life as a courthouse. Then the city turned it into a coal-fired power plant to heat about a dozen local buildings. In 1980 it was decommissioned.

It wasn’t until Bergmann’s firm was in the market for a new office that he saw the potential of the Power House. Even though it had been vacant for 30 years, “the light and the character and the feel of the space were very powerful to me,” says Bergmann. “It was a postindustrial cathedral.” And since Cannon Design’s lease was up on its office, it was the right time to leap. The firm analyzed the market and determined that if it utilized state, national, and Brownfield tax credits, purchasing the Power House from the developer/owner would make financial sense. So they bought it in 2007.

The subsequent renovation maintains the integrity of the original structure. To begin, the architects held an office-wide charrette that resulted in a “ship in a bottle” design. The interoffice team created a three-story gallery within the massive volume of the building. Then they inserted two separate floor plates that float above the ground floor to create extra balcony-like levels with meeting and work spaces. They also tucked the model shop, materials library, and boardroom in the basement and transformed an old storage structure into another boardroom and staff lunchroom. Ample open and flexible space allows approximately 120 employees
to work more collaboratively.

The project was completed in 2008 and awarded LEED Gold status one year later. More than 98 percent of the existing walls, floors, and roof structure were reused, and stormwater is collected in an on-site cistern, among other initiatives. The move proved wise. These days, the Power House is part of a block of municipal buildings that the city has recently invested in, says Bergmann. Besides Cannon Design, advertising and creative agencies are moving to the area. More important, clients are wowed when they visit — as is the staff. “Almost immediately, the productivity and employee happiness were ‘real,’ ” says Bergmann of the revived building’s effect on Cannon Design’s St. Louis team. “They are now living in a world where they can talk with each other, share ideas, and it makes our projects stronger — and our team stronger.”

Architect:
Cannon Design
1100 Clark Street
St. Louis, MO  63102
314.241.6250
314.241.2570

Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Completion Date: August 2008

Total construction cost: $8 million

Gross square footage:
32,000 sq.ft.

People

Owner:
Cannon Design

Architect:
Cannon Design
1100 Clark Street
St. Louis, MO  63102
314.241.6250
314.241.2570

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Cannon Design Team
David M. Polzin, AIA, LEED AP
Design Principal
dpolzin@cannondesign.com

Lynn S. Grossman, AIA, LEED AP
lgrossman@cannondesign.com

Thomas C. Bergmann, AIA, LEED AP
Project Principal
tbergmann@cannondesign.com

Kristy Piasecki, AIA, LEED AP
Project Architect

J. Joe Scott, CPD, FASPE, LEED AP
Plumbing Design
jscott@cannondesign.com

Ruofei Sun, Ph.D., PE, SE, LEED
Structural Engineering
rsun@cannondesign.com

Gerald G. Williams, PE, LEED AP
Mechanical Engineering
gwilliams@cannondesign.com

Architect of record: Cannon Design

Interior designer: Cannon Design

Electrical Engineer: Cannon Design

General Contractor
R.G. Ross
4079 Bayless Road
St. Louis, MO 63125
Mr. Kevin Bohnenstiehl, Project Manager
314.638.9255

Consultants
Interior Furnishings
Centro Modern Furnishings
4727 McPherson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Ginny Stewart
314.454.0111

Environmental Services
Sitex Environmental Services
1525 S. Broadway
St. Louis, Missouri 63104
314.421.0600

Photography
Architectural Imageworks, LLC
1451 East Walnut St.
Springfield, MO 65802
Gayle Babcock
417.869.1178

Patti Gabriel Photography
St. Louis, MO
314.776.6130

Renderings: Cannon Design

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
For architectural: Revit

For structural: Revit for CAD, RAM Structural System software for analysis and design.
 

Products

Exteriors
Fencing: Ameristar Fencing

Flashing: Firestone

Roofing: Mule Hide TPO

Glazing
Windows/Glass: Quaker Windows

Window Film/Solar Shading: Guardian Industries

Doors
VT Industries, Williams Bros.

Hardware
Dorma, Schlage, Domel, Hager, LCN

Conveyance
Elevators/Escalators/Lifts:
Kone Elevators, National Wheel O-Vator

Lighting:
Cooper Lighting, Focal Point, Architectural Lighting Works, Louis Poulsen, FineLight

Interior FInishes
Carpet:
Lee's, Interface, Tandus

Casework:
Abet Laminati, Sagatsune Hardware, Formica, Avonite

Ceilings:
Armstrong

Paint/Coatings:
Sherman Williams, Wall Talkers

Wall Coverings:
Golterman & Sabo, Forbo

Walls/Partitions:
USG, Lafarge, Dietrich Metal Framing, Knauf Insulation, CPI Daylighting, Linetec

Fabrics/Textiles:
Thermoveil, Design Tex, Maharam, Nysan

Flooring (Hard-Surface/Resilient):
Desco Epoxy Floor Coating, HTC Superfloor, Diamond Clad, Expanko, Nora Rubber Flooring, Roppe, Johnsonite

Plumbing
Washrooms:
American Standard, Sloan, Centoco, Symmons, Brass Craft Manufacturing, Dearborn Brass, Lasco Bathware, Jones Stephens Corporation, Elkay, J&B Products, Zoeller Pump Company, Fiat Products, Chicago Faucet Company, Watts Reulator Company, Amtrol, Sioux Chief MFG, Jay R Smith Manufacturing, Bobrick

Electrical/Mechanical:
Building Controls: Delta

Communications:
Systemax

Electrical/Electronics (Power/Wiring/Cabling):
Square D, Wattstopper

Fire/Life Safety:
Hilti, Larsen, Notifier

HVAC:
Kees, Trane, Indeeco, Dayton, Lochinvar, Loren Cook, Titus, Ruskin

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